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Is the Eliot's wedding a subtext here?
Eliot already had a line there. It was "You want to keep him at home, I suppose." Vivienne crossed it out and placed an asterisk next to it. At the bottom of the page she wrote as a footnote "What you get married for if you dont want to have children."Valerie's annotation says "On the verso of this leaf, Vivien Eliot has written in pencil to her husband: 'Make any of these alterations--or none if you prefer. Send me back this copy & let me have it.'"Eliot took out "to have" and added the apostrophe and replaced his line with hers. Hers is a lot better in this case.It seems clear from recent biography that Vivienne did have a real influence on early poems after their marriage and before it all fell apart completely.It is not just a matter of Eliot incorporating another voice--as he did by using Ellen Kellond's recounting of the pub exchange--but of editing in the same manner as Pound.Nancy
>>> "Rickard A. Parker" <raparker@THEWORLD.COM> 08/08/15 11:07 AM >>>
On Fri, 7 Aug 2015 14:54:35 -0400, Nancy Gish <ngish@USM.MAINE.EDU> wrote:
>This line may be part of a brilliant exchange, but Vivienne wrote it and added it, not TSE: "What you get married for if you don't want children?" (See Facsimile.)
>Whether that matters is an open question.
After years this thought just came to me: What if Vivien just wrote down a line that was told to the Eliots but was forgotten to be added by TSE? My "Facsimile" has been missing for years so I can't see how this was inserted.